Over the course of a work week, stress levels have the potential to rise to atmospheric levels. Whether the stress is from home or from work, it can make responsibilities and everyday tasks a daunting undertaking. One of the most effective ways to blow off some steam and keep from loosing your head during a stressful week is to write in outdoor time in your schedule.
Not only can the fresh air be a rejuvenating change from breathing the air in the workplace or at the gym, but it can offer a more relaxing atmosphere and slower pace than the mile-per-minute work week. Here are some mind-clearing tips for adding the outdoors to your schedule.
Pencil in a daily time that works for you. Maybe it is only five minutes to take walk in a nearby park or maybe it is a hour that you have to ride a bike through a scenic part of town, either way, making outdoor time part of your daily routine helps to clear the mind and provide something to look forward to each day.
Play around with the time of day in which you like to be outside the most. Whether it is watching the sunrise or being out in the rays of mid-day sun, it can make all the difference.
Use your time outside to do something that makes you happy. Maybe you like to write while outside, hike up to the local hill for a nice view, or sit outside your favorite coffee shop and watch the world go by. The key is to let the stress leave your body and enjoy the time you have out-of-doors.
Use the outdoors as a space to exercise. If you normally run on a treadmill, look up a local park or town forest where you can run; The fresh air and winding paths can make running much more entertaining and enjoyable.
If you have had enough cardio for the week, try searching for outdoor yoga classes or guided outdoor meditation to put your mind and body at ease.
Find a partner in crime. Finding someone who can get outside with you is not only super fun, but it can give you more incentive to keep outdoor time in your schedule. Additionally, having a partner can help you set and achieve goals by having someone hold you accountable for them.
The goals can be as simple as getting outside for an hour or two a week, and as complex as completing an outdoor workout an hour each day. You might even make a lifelong friend out of it.
It can be tough to add something new into an already busy schedule. However, if you put in the effort, you will notice the rewarding benefits of getting outside on a regular basis, and stress levels are likely to go down within the first few days.